Training & Nutrition - Trainer and bike damage????
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11-29-02, 07:48 PM
Just want to know if any of you experience bike frame or components damage from using the trainer?
11-30-02, 11:07 AM
i have never had the damage that people often talk about. i have a steel bike however....
12-01-02, 09:11 AM
I've been warned about mounting and dismounting your bike when it's fastened in a trainer. Rather than clipping in one side and swinging your leg over (my inclination), climb a-straddle of the bike, then clip in one side, then the other. The point is to avoid twisting the bike against the trainer.
clipping in one side and swinging your leg over
One of the first things I ever read when I started cycling was how damaging this practice can be to the bike. I suppose there are many reasons, but excessive crank and BB stress come quickly to mind.
Actually, when looking at this in my mind's eye, when using clipless pedals this seems very difficult, if not downright dangerous. How do you manage to clip in without straddling the bike???
12-02-02, 06:30 AM
Originally posted by gmason
How do you manage to clip in without straddling the bike???
On left side of bike, stand behind crank and clip left foot. Stand on left leg, centering weight over bike. Swing right leg back and over bike, and sit in the saddle. Clip in right foot. Works, but inadviseable.
I am trying to picture the left thigh at right angles to the left calf.
In any case, seems like a great opportunity for damage to some, well, sensitive body parts if not executed to perfection. :o
12-02-02, 06:38 AM
... It's the same as mounting from the left w/out the stand. Just that you can't push off w/your right foot first, and you can't lean the bike to the right while swinging your leg over.
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